Friday, 11 December 2015

House of Reps faults social media law


HOUSE of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity has criticised the anti-social media bill proposed to the Senate by Deputy Senate Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah.

It said the legislature would never close the space for free speech.
Chairman of the committee  Abdulrazak Namdas spoke with State House correspondents after a dinner by President Muhammadu Buhari for members on Wednesday.

“As chairman, House Committee on Media, I must say that we cannot close the space for free speech.
“We would like to ensure that there is free speech. And the only thing we try to enjoin is that journalists, who are trained, who know the ethics of journalism, should also join the social media activity so that we can differentiate between the grains and the chaff Nation reports

“I think that is most essential, but we should not leave it for those who think they can post anything.
“Ideally, I think it is important that we allow free speech. With time we will get to the level that we can regulate. For now I think Nigerians will rely on them.

“We came on the mantra of change and it was this social media that brought us to power and we are making effective changes on that; I think we should live with that.’’

On the lawmakers’ interaction with the President, Namdas said the members were ready to support the Federal Government’s objective “particularly in fighting corruption, generating employment and insurgency.

“I think as a legislative arm of government we will ensure that these things he has placed at the front burner we will ensure we support him.’’

“It is interesting that two arms of government are seated right now, some part of the executive and the House of Representatives.”

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